By Levi Rickert
Mills is a tribal member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is the only American to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters. Billy Mills' win in the 10,000 meters is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history.
He is one of 18 people who will receive the Presidential Citizens Medal. Each year some 6,000 applications are received by the White House for consideration to receive the Medal.
“It is my distinguished honor to award these individuals the 2012 Citizens Medal for their commitment to public service,” said President Obama.
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